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Hopscotch bills itself as a “gastro pub” but is cooler than even Gangnam’s most upscale boozers. How so? Well to begin with, there is no sign outside: You have to be part of the in-crowd just to know where it is. (And luckily for you, gentle reader, you are now part of this privileged grouping.)
Photos by Bryan Do and Joe McPherson
In the alleyway behind the Kia Motors dealership.
Nearest subway: Gangnam-gu Office, Exit 3
Hours: 5:00PM to 1:00AM, Monday-Saturday.
EDITOR’S ADDENDUM–Unique Belgian on Tap
I had the pleasure of being a guest at Hopscotch recently while trying their IV Saison. It’s Belgian, and they the only place in Korea serving it on tap. In fact, it’s only sold in Belgium and a select few pubs in the U.S. and Japan. This is an ADULT beverage. It’s not for frat boys. It’s bitter and complex with apricot notes, deep spice, coriander, silky, full rounded warmth. It rates a 97 on RateBeer.com, if that means anything to you. They’re getting this rare and lovely beer direct from the producer for a limited time.
Also got to indulge in some great eats. Andrew is so, so, so correct about the fries. By far the best in Korea. I had the fortune last night of indulging in their duck fat fries right after the fat was rendered. They taste like Christmas! We also had the Chix Rotisserie with Gorgonzola Mash as well as their Jambalaya. The chicken is homey, and the taters have just enough of a hint of stinky cheese. A little seasoning would perk them up even more. In the past, I’ve also had the brisket slider, which is messy and satisfying. I also enjoyed their Shrimp Po’ Boy, though the chewiness of the bread slightly overwhelmed the shrimp. I would still get all of those again. Oh, and Scallops with Bacon Jam? Yeah, they do it. Yeah, you’ll like it.
Their most popular tipple is Zuidam, which is more like a brandy. It’s something to be sipped, savored, and glowed over.